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What are the differences between older media and new media with respect to ethics?

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There are several major differences between the ethics of new media and older mass media. The majority of the differences stem from older media having professionally trained staff writers and editors, with training in ethical and journalistic standards. On new and social media, anyone can post anything. On the one hand, this means that there really are no ethical standards in new media; people can freely post false or defamatory material, only limited by possible legal repercussions and that only in a limited number of countries (and since people can post material anonymously, even fear of law is ineffective). On the other hand, the lack of controls over new media allow people more freedom to act according to their own moral codes.

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